IllinoisTimes - Editor's Note http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-140-1-editors-note.html Wed, 27 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Editor’s note 7/21/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17475-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-7_21_16.html Editor’s note 7/21/16
 Those of us watching the Republican National Convention to see whether Donald Trump can appeal beyond his base have been disappointed by all the attention to his family. Whether Melania’s spee...]]>
Editor's note 7/14/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17450-editors-note-7_14_16.html Editor's note 7/14/16
 Two days after the police killings in Dallas, as the nation struggled once again to respond to racial violence, the annual business meeting of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia in Austin...]]>
Editor’s note 7/7/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17419-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-7_7_16.html Editor’s note 7/7/16
 If you think Gov. Bruce Rauner is having trouble getting his Turnaround Agenda approved, try backing significant garbage reform in Springfield. Though earlier mayors (Karen Hasara, Tim Davlin) t...]]>
Editor's note 6/30/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17387-editors-note-6_30_16.html Editor's note 6/30/16
How refreshing it is to hear Illinois Republicans fighting with Illinois Democrats over how much money should go to Chicago Public Schools. What a breath of fresh air to hear arguments over what shoul...]]>
Editor’s note 6/23/16 - Does the city of Springfield need its own planner? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17369-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-6_23_16.html Editor’s note 6/23/16 - Does the city of Springfield need its own planner?
 Though not much new came out of Monday’s panel discussion at the Sangamo Club, sponsored by the Better Government Association, on the “Impact of the Impasse,” it was interesting to hear ar...]]>
Editor’s note 6/16/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17333-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-6_16_16.html Editor’s note 6/16/16
 David Axelrod of Chicago, who was President Barack Obama’s chief political strategist and senior adviser, now a CNN commentator, was in Springfield last week for the Illinois Press Association...]]>
Editor’s note 6/9/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17313-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-6_9_16.html Editor’s note 6/9/16
The fiscal policy center of Voices for Illinois Children, a respected and reliable nonprofit, offers “eight takeaways” to put the state’s fiscal problems in perspective. 1. Without a fully funde...]]>
Editor's note 6/2/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17298-editors-note-6_2_16.html Editor's note 6/2/16
There is no more apt description of the just concluded legislative session than Gov. Bruce Rauner’s: “Stunning failure.” He was pointing at the Democrats, as usual, but he is the one who failed...]]>
Editor’s note 5/26/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17263-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-5_26_16.html Editor’s note 5/26/16
 We’re about to see who, if anyone, has any political negotiating skill at the Statehouse. As they prepare for their end game over the next few days, Mike Madigan and Bruce Rauner, the two tops...]]>
Editor's note 5/19/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17245-editors-note-5_19_16.html Editor's note 5/19/16
It’s beginning to look like Gov. Bruce Rauner and Speaker Mike Madigan will be spending another summer cooped up in the Statehouse, but the rest of us plan our time better. With the 72-page Illinois...]]>
Editor’s note 5/12/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17195-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-5_12_16.html Editor’s note 5/12/16
Gov. Bruce Rauner has distanced himself from Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, but the governor didn’t say why. Is it because Trump would close the country’s borders to Muslims? Ma...]]>
Editor's note 5/5/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17169-editors-note-5_5_16.html Editor's note 5/5/16
One after one they came to the Springfield stage as their names were called, 20 who had spent long years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. Altogether this group of exonerees from around the c...]]>
Editor’s note 4/28/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17127-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-4_28_16.html Editor’s note 4/28/16
 Voices for Illinois Children, the Chicago-based advocacy group, knows how to encourage children – and legislators – when they do something right. Emily Miller, the group’s policy and advoc...]]>
Editor's note 4/21/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17108-editors-note-4_21_16.html Editor's note 4/21/16
Before there was Earth Day our own Adlai Stevenson, as U. S. ambassador to the United Nations, in what would become his last major speech, addressed the Economic and Security Council in Geneva, Switze...]]>
Editor’s note 4/14/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17065-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-4_14_16.html Editor’s note 4/14/16
 The state budget crisis is about to come to a head, with Chicago State University about to close for lack of funding, other small universities hurting, piles of fiscal pain everywhere and the po...]]>
Editor's note 4/7/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17035-editors-note-4_7_16.html Editor's note 4/7/16
Several states require politicians to shut down their campaign funds after they leave office. Susan Garrett, board chair of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, says “in a perfect world” Il...]]>
Editor’s note 3/31/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17001-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-3_31_16.html Editor’s note 3/31/16
Inside this week’s edition is our Capital City JOBS supplement, dedicated to all the Springfield-area unemployed and under-employed residents who still believe in the American dream, and to the busi...]]>
Editor’s note 3/24/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16960-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-3_24_16.html Editor’s note 3/24/16
 For this week observed by Christians as Holy Week, the Episcopal Church House of Bishops issued “A Word to the Church” about today’s political rhetoric. It is worth broad circulation. Here...]]>
Editor's note 03/17/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16933-editors-note-03_17_16.html Editor's note 03/17/16
In this week’s cover story on the outrageous ways Illinois lawmakers spend their campaign funds, our Bruce Rushton quotes one state senator saying the public isn’t interested in this subject. “W...]]>
Editor’s note 3/10/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16913-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-3_10_16.html Editor’s note 3/10/16
 It looks like next week’s primary election will see Illinois still in play for the presidential race on both sides. Usually everything has been decided by the time our state gets to vote, but...]]>
Editor’s note 3/3/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16889-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-3_3_16.html Editor’s note 3/3/16
 “Intensive” is the word to describe the “Analyzing and Understanding Systemic Racism Workshop” that is drawing some 50 Springfieldians this weekend. The 2 ½-day training, sponsored by t...]]>
Editor's note 02/25/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16851-editors-note-02_25_16.html Editor's note 02/25/16
It was called a historic occasion Monday evening, because nobody could remember this  happening before in Springfield, but the event seemed ordinary, like something that should happen all the tim...]]>
Editor’s note 2/18/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16819-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-2_18_16.html Editor’s note 2/18/16
 The bright spot in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s no-budget budget address is his support for increased state funding for K-12 education. In addition, support is growing for a change in the formula for d...]]>
Editor's note 02/11/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16792-editors-note-02_11_16.html Editor's note 02/11/16
Watching Bernie Sanders’ victory speech in New Hampshire, when he went on and on obsessively about income inequality, the need for single payer health care and anger against Wall Street – importan...]]>
Editor’s note 2/4/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16760-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-2_4_16.html Editor’s note 2/4/16
 Often overlooked in the concern over Gov. Bruce Rauner’s obstructionism is the damage he is doing to his own agenda. Not the Turnaround Agenda, but the governor’s alleged support of ideas li...]]>
Editor's note 01/28/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16729-editors-note-01_28_16.html Editor's note 01/28/16
The state of the state? Confused. Illinois can’t understand how its new, inexperienced governor can continue to keep a straight face while pretending that his anti-union agenda is more important tha...]]>
Editor’s note 1/21/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16694-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-1_21_16.html Editor’s note 1/21/16
 This week’s “Statehouse preview” cover story by Amanda Vinicky comes to you by way of Illinois Issues, the 40-year-old public affairs magazine published by University of Illinois Springfie...]]>
Editor's note 01/14/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16672-editors-note-01_14_16.html Editor's note 01/14/16
For those of us who don’t understand Donald Trump’s popularity, it was good to hear President Obama declare for all the world to hear that the Republican frontrunner is just wrong. In his State of...]]>
Editor’s note 1/7/16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16644-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-1_7_16.html Editor’s note 1/7/16
Of course aldermen and the mayor think they – all of them and nobody but them – are the best ones to decide on city government’s ethics, but the squabbling does not inspire confidence that anyth...]]>
Editor’s note 12/30/15 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16593-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-12_30_15.html Editor’s note 12/30/15
 It was 40 years and a few months ago that a group of visionary entrepreneurs gathered in Springfield to start a weekly newspaper they called Illinois Times. They found a ready audience and, more...]]>